Before Tim Couch was selected with the 1st overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns he was a standout quarterback at the University of Kentucky. Many don’t remember because he had a largely unsuccessful career that saw him post a record of 22-37 and throw 67 interceptions compared to 64 touchdowns in five seasons with the Browns. That has led to him appearing on more than one list of biggest draft busts in NFL history.
The Kentucky-born Couch passed for 8,159 yards and 73 touchdowns over his final two seasons in Lexington. He was SEC Player of the Year, First Team All-SEC, First Team All-American, and a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1998. You can take a look at Couch’s place in the school’s record books here.
Despite Couch’s lack of success in the NFL his status in his home state seems to be secure as Kentucky based distillery Maker’s Mark will feature him on this year’s edition of its charitable bottle series.
“We are very proud that Maker’s Mark, UK HealthCare and Keeneland have come together once again for this very worthy project,” said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson. “We congratulate Tim Couch as this year’s honoree. This initiative will be very important to people back home and many years from now, they will remember Tim Couch as not only an outstanding athlete but as a good person who works hard to make a difference in his community.”
All hail Tim Couch!
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